Monday, December 12, 2011

Selene (the moon) and Eos (the Dawn)

Doesn't the analyst's ears prick up when he comes across a nice parallel like this one?

Hyperion had 3 children Eos, Selene, and Helius

Selene fell in love with handsome shepherd Endymion. He was seduced while he slept in his cave and Selene had 50 daughters with him. At Selene’s request Zeus allowed Endymion to pick his fate and he chose to sleep forever and never grow old

Eos loved Trojan prince Tithonus “Eos, poor foolish lady, neglected to ask that her lover might never be subject to aging… no more could he lift his bones to totter, decrepit and feeble. At last the goddess agreed on this as the plan she must follow: she closed him up in his room, and locked up the glorious portal. Inside, his piping old voice droned endlessly. Gone is the vigor he used to enjoy, and the use of his limbs once handsome and supple” Homeric Hymn to Aphrodite (218-238).

If we can roughly place Zeus as the mimetic (walking)/anal phase and Cronos appears before in relation to the oral swallowing of children and the separation of inside and outside in the separation of the world parents I'd like to suggest that Selene and Eos as children of Hyperion, who was older than Cronos, might stand in for a pre-Cronos level of development. This would be an earlier ocular phase and the parallel we see is one of scotomization, or some form of shutting out the rest of the world, with Endymion sleeping and the reverse of this, to be too present in the world (babbling on), with Tithonus.

I remember Frances Tustin has made some remarks about a sense of self being lost in trauma in what she conceives of as a pre-Kleinian, pre-image (representation), pre-paranoid-schizoid position. I'll see if I can track it down.

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